The two future Hall of Famers will battle it out on Sunday at the Best soccer showdown Once the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Super Bowl LV. For the man who may one day soon hand out a gold jacket to one of these players, background will be made either way.
President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio David Baker talked with Fox News in a phone interview this week and discussed the importance of Sunday's game and his expectation for who should be appointed Super Bowl champ.
"It is a setback for all of the people who believe they're done, they are too old and this guy could do it. But by that same token, I'll be impressed if the torch gets passed to Patrick Mahomes from Tom Brady."
A win for either quarterback would be important. For Brady, at 43, he'd earn his seventh ring, the maximum by any single player or team.
If Mahomes had been to hoist up the Lombardi Trophy, it'd be his second successive win, which makes the Chiefs one of only eight franchises to ever win back titles in NFL history.
"The game has a way of evolving and going on and, again, in case Tom wins, there's great lessons there and there is great storylines. And if Patrick wins there is good storylines there," Baker added.
In addition, he talked about another album Brady might set if he becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame.
"I believe when the day comes for Tom Brady, and I really don't know whether I'll be here but I think that is gonna consider about one second," he said speaking to his nomination pitch.
"I'll tell you that he, like Peyton (Manning), is a great respecter of history," Baker continued.
Manning is a finalist at the 2021 Hall of Fame class and will be expected to be called on Saturday. Reports say that his pitch lasted around 13 seconds. Baker remembered Brett Favre's pitch in 2016 he said lasted about 12 minutes.
"The man which will be enshrined on that day will probably be the 10-year-old guy from San Jose who dreamed of someday being on a team, not as being to the best team of all time at the Hall of Fame."
Baker reported that no matter of Sunday's outcome, the greatest achievement will be only playing a game.
"The best storyline is, there's still a match. We just went through a pandemic. The planet has been filled with dread and hey, if we could do so maybe we can get our economy going or perhaps we can get our children educated or begin a planet with more inclusion or medical care advances."
"I simply think that it's an excellent game and it is gonna be a lot of fun and Saturday night will be exciting."
The finalist includes four, first-year qualified players such as Manning, Calvin Johnson, Charles Woodson and Jared Allen.
Tom Flores and Drew Pearson are also expected to be inducted as Coach and Old Hall of Famers.